Love the quilt and the breastfeeding dresses. I really need to get on making some new clothes for myself that are more appropriate for breastfeeding twins.
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2014 Project challenge 52 weeks 52 projects - Page 8post #141 of 1533/4/14 at 5:24ampost #142 of 1533/4/14 at 7:29am
Angleorum- Is that the central park hoodie? I knit two of them and hate how my button holes are. I knit them in the button band and they stretch out weird and I just hate hate hate them. My favorite sweaters other than that. Especially the angora one :) If I ever knit a cardigan again- I will try that method instead- the results are fantastic!
Smokering- Love the quilt! I should try pebble quilting :)
I could really really use some more breastfeeding clothes. I am wearing the same black breast-feeding shirt about every day because it is the only one I have... Not sure I am ambitious enough to make some though... I might just order online when I get a bit more $. Or maybe I should try cutting up a couple maternity tops that I never liked that much anyway..... That may be the best idea for right now :)post #143 of 1533/4/14 at 1:19pm
Smokering! I was hoping you'd come back this year :) Love your dresses! I remember seeing the grey one at the very end of last year's thread, but not the plaid one. I've been wanting to try the same kind of underbust zip thing with this pattern:
I have a lovely black cotton velvet dress from the full skirted version of this pattern, but it's sitting in a box in our storage shed with the rest of the clothes I can't breastfeed in. I miss it...
I'll have to experiment with zipper length and placement to make sure I could get enough access to the D's I sport while I'm full of milk.
I had a good laugh about your joy at the blank expanse of fabric over your chest. I often look at simple turtleneck sweater patterns on Ravelry with longing. I get stupidly happy when I find a new neckline/silhouette that I can breastfeed in.post #144 of 1533/4/14 at 1:44pm
I think Mum used to have that pattern! The black one in the middle is lovely, I agree; very flattering.
I want to make myself some more BF dresses, but I'm pondering the access angle. I'd like a turtleneck/cowl neck/drapey neck thing with an angled zip or row of buttons, maybe. Or I keep getting bright ideas of making a sleeveless dress with a sweetheart neckline, and attaching the neckline with hooks and eyes to wide pleated straps. But then the armscyes might have to be quite low to give enough access, mightn't they? And I don't want a super-plunging neckline. Then I keep trying to think of ways to insert invisible zips in princess seams, but of course they can't be curved or the zips won't zip. Any bright ideas?
I saw a dress in the Victoria and Albert collection (the website, that is; never been to the museum!) which featured a ribbon right over the bustline, like at nipple height. It'd certainly be easier access for large cup sizes, but I'm not convinced it wouldn't look funny. Looked OK on the dress, but then it was on a stand thing, not a person, so it's hard to tell. Anyway, I'll let you know if I have a stroke of genius. And yes, I occasionally find myself pining after plain long-sleeved T-shirts and sweaters and all sorts of things! I know I *could* wear them, either with something underneath or not, but I really hate pulling stuff up to breastfeed. Especially with a new baby - with the postpartum tummy and the fabric all squooshed up around the baby's head, I feel bunchy all over and tremendously unappealing.
Edited by Smokering - 3/4/14 at 3:43pmpost #145 of 1533/4/14 at 2:32pm
Iowa, yep! Central Park Hoodie. I posted in a sewing group on Ravelry looking for tips or ideas on methods of making machine buttonholes on handknits and mostly got a lot of shock and dismay at the very idea, lol. But yeah, I have been disappointed with my knitted buttonholes in the past, they aren't very precisely sized, the yarn over method is pretty small, until the surrounding stitches get stretched all to heck and then they are too big, the two row method is more stable but depending on gauge, even just 2 stitches bound off and cast on again makes too big of a buttonhole. And I think button bands do better when they aren't stretchy. I think I might try some clear washaway stabilizer on top next time, to make it easier to see the how the stitches are landing. The thread buries itself in the yarn pretty well, which is fine once it's finished, but makes it hard to see while I'm sewing.post #146 of 1533/6/14 at 2:24pmpost #147 of 1533/8/14 at 1:01ampost #148 of 1533/8/14 at 1:12amQuote:Originally Posted by Smokering
I know I *could* wear them, either with something underneath or not, but I really hate pulling stuff up to breastfeed. Especially with a new baby - with the postpartum tummy and the fabric all squooshed up around the baby's head, I feel bunchy all over and tremendously unappealing.
Yes, me too! With ds1, he was so used to me nursing from over the top, all I had to do to encourage night weaning was to wear a regular t-shirt to bed. He would crawl right over and yank my breastfeeding accessible jammies down to nurse at night, and I was usually too asleep to protest much. He couldn't yank a crew neck t-shirt down far enough, and it just didn't even occur to him to go in from the bottom, lol.
I did once put invisible zips in princess seams. They weren't terribly fitted princess seams though, it was a costume (Buttercup's red dress from Princess Bride), and the dress was supposed to be gathered up underneath a fancy belt. I hid the zipper pulls underneath the belt.post #149 of 1533/8/14 at 6:15amI bought a serger yesterday. I have Monday off so hopefully I'll have #1 done then. I bought some lovely material from the discount bin for little girl clothes. And once I am comfortable I will get some of the material I saw at the sewing machine store. It was like art it was so beautiful! I am imagining it for little girl dresses that swirl.post #150 of 1533/8/14 at 9:18am
Angelorum! I love those- post the pattern please!!! They look like sport or worsted- which is the only possible way I will do socks in the future :)
Springshowers- how awesome on the serger! I love mine I just don't use it as often as I should.
15/52- made my sister a cute yellow chevron purse and zippered pouch for her birthday. I actually bought the fabric for it too rather than using up stash. It was worth it because it is LOVELY!
Today I am working on a grey chevron bag for myself and want to finish up my sewing machine cover which just needs lined. But first we need to catch up on a little housework and homeschool :)post #151 of 1533/8/14 at 9:42am
Pattern is downloadable for $ here: http://www.interweavestore.com/spiral-boot-socks?utm_source=ls&utm_medium=aff&cid=05t1rdpCdm4&siteID=05t1rdpCdm4-6oyoew1YnvYU_FSfNPbATg or you can see if you can find the Summer 2007 Intwerweave knits magazine at the library or something.
I actually made the socks out of fingering weight, but the pattern calls for something in the sport weight range. I like fingering weight so the socks aren't too bulky in my shoes, but if I were to do them with the recommended yarn and gauge, I would probably leave out one repeat. I was knitting with at least 1 more stitch per inch than called for, and they aren't the slightest bit too snug. I know I don't have bulky calves, but it seems a lot of people on Ravelry needed to size them down a bit.
I also had to weave a couple of rows of elastic thread through the tops of them because the lack of ribbing at the top made them prone to sliding down a bit. And I reversed the spiral for the second sock, I found details on that on someone's Ravelry project, it wasn't hard.post #152 of 1533/8/14 at 8:51pm
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